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IPEDS ID: 187046
OPE ID: 02192200
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Thomas Edison State University
111 W State St, Trenton, New Jersey 08608
General information:  (609) 984-1100 x2025
Website:  www.tesu.edu/
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  10,495 (9,576 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  
20 to 1View note
Thomas Edison State University enrolls primarily adult students at a distance. The course section size varies from semester to semester; the maximum course section size is 20 students.
Admissionswww.tesu.edu/admissions/admissions.php
Apply Onlinewww.tesu.edu/apply
Financial Aidwww.tesu.edu/tuition/financial-aid
Net Price Calculatorwww.tesu.edu/tuition/net-price-calculator
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.tesu.edu/military/Tuition-Fees.cfm
Disability Serviceswww.tesu.edu/about/ada/
Mission Statement
  Thomas Edison State University provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for self-directed adults through flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Credit Accepted
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
  • Faculty data not available.
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
Tuition and fees
In-state$7,300$7,519$7,926$7,182-9.4%
Out-of-state$9,820$9,967$9,856$9,278-5.9%
Books and supplies$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,7000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$5,103$5,103$5,103$5,1030.0%
Other$567$567$567$5670.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$567$567$567$5670.0%
Total Expenses2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
In-state
Off Campus$14,670$14,889$15,296$14,552-4.9%
Off Campus with Family$9,567$9,786$10,193$9,449-7.3%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$17,190$17,337$17,226$16,648-3.4%
Off Campus with Family$12,087$12,234$12,123$11,545-4.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2020-2021
Tuition$12,024
Fees$0
  • The University enrolls primarily adult, part-time students. The 2020-21 tuition provided represents 18 credits at the Per Credit Tuition Rate. For more information, please visit the University's website at https://www.tesu.edu/tuition.
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • Thomas Edison State University offers tuition plans that are customized to meet students' needs and level of engagement with the University. For more information, visit: http://www.tesu.edu/tuition/tuition-fees.cfm. Graduate and Nursing Tuition Payment Plans are available for students taking graduate courses and nursing courses to break up their tuition costs into three payments made over three months. For more information, visit: https://www.tesu.edu/tuition/grad-payment-plan.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2019-2020
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,870$5,559,000$2,973
Pell grants1,691$4,885,000$2,889
Federal student loans2,152$15,459,000$7,184
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2019-2020, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2020
Total enrollment10,495
Undergraduate enrollment9,576
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,735
Graduate enrollment919
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 1%
Part-time: 99%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 60%
Female: 40%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 14%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 49%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 15%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 13%
25 and over: 87%
Age unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 1%
Part-time: 99%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 99%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2020-2021): $50
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 42%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 34%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 12%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 42%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 12%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 6%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 41%
Enrolled at same institution: 4%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 37%
Enrolled at same institution: 3%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 7%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 41%
Enrolled at same institution: 4%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2019-2020
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-42d--4d-
Business Administration and Management, General32d181d77d--11d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-15d--2d-
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other8d-----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other0d-----
Business/Commerce, General0d-----
Finance, General-13d--0d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-25d19d-3d1d
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-20d--0d-
Operations Management and Supervision-17d--1d-
Project Management-----0d
Category total40d313d96d-10d12d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General----2d-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other-----0d
Category total----2d0d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General----5d-
Information Technology--11d---
Category total--11d-5d-
Education
Education, General-----1d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--19d--11d
Educational/Instructional Technology--11d---
Category total--30d--12d
Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General----0d-
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician----5d-
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other57d-----
Category total57d---5d-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other26d-----
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other-4d----
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-1d----
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-35d----
Nursing Administration-----1d
Nursing Education-----0d
Nursing Practice---2d--
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other-----3d
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--33d--0d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-193----
Category total26d233d33d2d-4d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration----1d-
Critical Infrastructure Protection-----0d
Homeland Security--3d---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-35d---4d
Category total-35d3d-1d4d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-116d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies82d357d----
Category total82d473d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-14d----
Category total-14d----
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other27d-----
Category total27d-----
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare-7d--2d-
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other49d-----
Category total49d7d--2d-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences28d115d----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other75d440d15d-3d-
Category total103d555d15d-3d-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, Other----0d-
Category total----0d-
Psychology
Geropsychology-----0d
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-----0d
Psychology, General----0d-
Category total----0d0d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General0d1d----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other--6d---
Category total0d1d6d---
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General-151d----
Category total-151d----
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations-0d----
Category total-0d----
Grand total3841,78219422832
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • For more information about Thomas Edison State University's services and programs for servicemembers and veterans, please visit the website: www.tesu.edu/military.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 947
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 116
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 2522
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 23
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $4,584
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $8,851
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,927
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,649
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 78%
Part-time students: 76%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since (01/01/1977)01/01/2022
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's programAccredited since ((!)02/01/2012)12/31/2020
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate programAccredited since (09/01/1990)12/31/2020
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levelsAccredited since (09/20/2017)08/01/2022
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (11/05/2008)6/30/2024
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levelsAccredited since (11/05/2008)6/30/2024
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/128814.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape000
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary000
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking000
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate4.7%6.8%7.1%
Number in default81126141
Number in repayment1,7021,8311,980
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)